immigration

Employment Permits

An employment permit allows an individual to reside, enter and re-enter Zambia while in employment during the validity of the permit.


Employment permits are issued by the Department of Immigration to foreigners working in Zambia.  The procedures applying for an employment permit are detailed below.

APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT PERMIT
The law requires that applicants secure their employment permits while outside the country .  However, Government employees, volunteers, missionaries and investors may apply for their permits whilst in the country.  The following procedures shall be followed:

Application Steps
For person employed by a Zambian based business or enterprise:

  • Complete application form ( form 23 )
  • Obtain two recent passport size photographs
  • Police clearance certificate from applicant's country of permanent residence (proves that applicant has no previous criminal record)
  • Certified photocopies of professional certificates  (e.g.  Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants, Engineering Institute of Zambia , Medical Council of Zambia, Law Association of Zambia etc.)
  • Certified copies of educational diplomas
  • Letter of offer of employment/contract;
  • Photocopies of the passport

For an investor click (Investor's Permit)

FEES FOR EMPLOYMENT PERMIT
Employment Permit fees vary depending upon the organization that you are applying under.  See appropriate fee schedule below:

EMPLOYMENT PERMIT FEES FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR
Issuance K3,000,000.00
Renewal K3,500,000.00
Duplicate K3,000,000.00
Variation

K1,500,000.00
Change of occupation/Employer/Nationality/ name

K500,000.00
Addition of names of spouse or children


EMPLOYMENT PERMIT FEES FOR GOVERNMENT AND QUASI GOVERNMENT ORGANISATION
Issuance K1,000,000.00
Renewal K1,500,000.00
Duplicate K1,000,000.00
Variation K500,000.00
Change of occupation/Employer and addition of names of spouse or children

EMPLOYMENT PERMIT FEES FOR RELIGIOUS, NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS AND NON PROFIT MAKING ORGANISATIONS
Issuance K1,000,000.00
Renewal K1,500,000.00
Duplicate K1,000,000.00
Variation K250,000.00
Change of occupation/Employer and addition of names of spouse or children

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS
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Application for an employment permit (section 28 of the immigration and deportation act, no. 18 of 2010) Form 23


 

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